Mission Grants

PGDF Mission Grants fund work that aligns with our mission: helping people lead lives free from the effects of alcohol addiction. These grants benefit programs and initiatives at exemplary non-profit organizations throughout the United States.

First-time applicants may submit proposals for grants of $5,000 to $10,000 during our annual open-application grant cycle. The deadline for proposals is announced each year, along with areas of programmatic focus.

Grants for larger initiatives, such as scientific research, are by invitation. These projects are typically initiated by PGDF and pursued in collaboration with the grantee. Organizations who wish to be considered for these grants may submit a brief letter of inquiry describing the proposed project.

PGDF’s grant programs provide funds to non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations only. PGDF does not give grants to individuals or for-profit businesses or organizations. Proof of tax-exempt status and follow-up reporting will be required.

Please note that PGDF will not make any new grants in 2018 as we prepare for a shift in our organizational infrastructure. We expect to resume our annual open-application grant cycle in 2019.

Review Criteria

We are fortunate to receive more worthy proposals each year than we are able to fund. In the 2017 grant cycle, the acceptance rate was 7.7%, making it the most competitive cycle in our history.

Our grant committee is made up of members of the Advisory Council and Board of Directors, all of whom review and score applications based on:

  • Mission fit
  • Significance or impact of the project
  • Scalability across the field
  • Likelihood of success
  • Strength of organization or team
  • Innovation
  • Use of best (evidence-based) practices

Successful applicants are able to demonstrate the need and utility for their work, outline their methods for evaluating outcomes, and address a way forward within the field— for example, developing and measuring new programs that could be used broadly across the field in the future.

Initiatives that focus on alcohol addiction tend to score better than those that address addiction broadly. The committee in most cases tends not to favor applications for ongoing support for existing programs that serve a local community. Although we recognize the pressing need for such funding, our goal is to spark innovation within the field, driving change that will ultimately lead to transformation.

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Where Do These Grants Come From?

PGDF is generously supported by our founder, Peter G. Dodge. All PGDF administrative costs and the majority of our grants are funded in this way.

Donations from outside supporters and partners make up an important segment of our Mission Grant program. Because our overhead expenses are paid by our Board, every dollar donated to us directly benefits our Mission Grant program. Every gift, large and small, increases our capacity to aid the worthy organizations who apply to us for funding.

Contact us for more information about sponsorship opportunities, or make a tax-deductible online donation.